Shorter route to Livigno?

15th November 2010, by Chris Gill



A weekly transfer service between Innsbruck and Livigno has brought the Italian resort a bit closer in terms of getting there.

Livigno has one of the longest transfers in the Alps; five hours or more typically from the usual Italian gateways. But the Livigno Express now serves Innsbruck airport in Austria too, every Saturday during the winter season and estimating a travel time of 3.5 hours (subject to weather conditions). It takes a route via Serfaus and Nauders. Buses leave Innsbruck at 14:00pm, with the returning bus departing Livigno at 8:00am, starting from 18 December and running until 26 March 2011.

Good early snow has prompted weekend opening for Livigno (80cm), until the end of November. But its remote location often makes it less attractive to reach for a ski holiday than other resorts, despite being a good low-cost alternative for beginners and intermediates. The Innsbruck bus should encourage more visitors; prices start at 45 euros return.

Free lift passes are available for four- or seven night stays until 24 December, booked through participating hotels – or for the end of the season, from 26 March 2011.

Traditionally Livigno kicks off the season not with downhill skiing, but with the Sgambeda nordic events: an international marathon, classic races and children’s races combined with a festival spirit. The cross-country trails are already open in the resort, and free to use.

Links: Livigno Express

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